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romney. but in two of the swing states, his lead is much wider. nine points in florida and ten points in ohio. with less than 48 hours until the debate, grace lee explains how both sides are racing to lower the expectations. >> reporter: both the obama and romney campaigns are doing their best to lower expectations ahead of wednesday's debate. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. >> president obama is a very -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. he's an experienced debater. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time. >> reporter: the president has not had as much time to prepare for the debates because he's busy being commander in chief. >> most often debates don't make that big a difference. quite a few have lost an election with a debate. >> reporter: these matchups can produce a memorable line like in 1980 between then-governor ronald reagan and president jimmy carter. >> there you go again. >> reporter: and lloyd benson's swipe at
. mitt romney trails in many battleground state polls and this is an opportunity for him to gain some ground. >> i think you're going to see the mitt romney that really cares about putting the american people back to work. i think that's the most important goal that the governor has. >> reporter: president obama will be pressing his own plan for the economy. but today he is facing new criticism over something he said in 2007. during a speech to a predominantly black audience, then senator obama implied the bush administration was withholding recovery money after hurricane katrina based on race. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where is your dollar? >> reporter: all major media outlets covered the speech at the time. >> i have to say i'm a little amazed that as you mentioned a widely covered speech likely by people at your network is somehow caused a kerfuffle five years later. >> reporter: millions of people will be watching anxious to see who has the best jobs plan. bill is try to find work. he has been a regular at this job center since he lost his job as a truck driver last
in swing states. mr. obama with 51% support compare today 44% for republican mitt romney. now in one of those states, nevada, as he prepares for the first debate. >>> the two men will face off in denver on wednesday. son carry carrie. >>> supporters say both men are ready. >> i think both are excellent in their own way. you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience. >> the president has a day job and has not had the time to practice. all we hear about is how much mitt romney is practicing. >> the debate on wednesday will focus on domestic policy. he says today that the president has shown weakness in the middle east. >> we're going to talk about the debate within the debate. >> a lot of experience in that. >> she does. and candidates are nervous . the moderator is nervous. >>> in the meantime 5:11 now. part of american gangster history. >> how much bonnie and collide's guns pulled bonnie and clyde's guns pulled for. >> the terminator tells all. what arnold says about his multiple affairs. >> and a hollywood ending. the 405 freeway opens ahead of schedule. but not wit
romney, 53% to 43%. dean reynolds is in the buckeye state tonight with the voters. dean? >> reporter: scott, back in 2008, nearly 30% of ohio's more than seven million voters cast their ballots before election day, and the campaigns this time around would love to see them increase that percentage. >> three, two, one! ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: what some are calling election month began in ohio promptly at 8:00 a.m. ♪ some voters had over-nighted in the parking lot outside a columbus polling place. >> i think there's been a lot of controversy about early voting. >> reporter: emerald hernandez was there bright and early. >> for me it's a convenience, i can come in and get it done. >> reporter: you spent the night, though, to be one of the very first. >> i did. i was pretty excited. i thought why not? it's something different. i can say once in my life i camped out to vote. >> reporter: the names of the early voters are reported by the county board of elections. not their votes, just their names. the campaigns try to guess how they voted based on where they live or past voti
-- battleground states after having their say at their first debate. 47% believe romney won compared with 34% for president obama in a survey of californians. 18% felt there was no clear winner. last night's debate focused on the economy and other domestic issues. and, of course, that debate took place in denver in colorado. colorado is a swing state. different surveys show mitt romney is the winner of the first debate. there are two more presidential debates coming up. bigad shaban has highlights. >> reporter: good morning. it seems like mitt romney got the boost he was hoping for after putting the president on the defensive for much of the night. romney touted his own accomplishments as governor of massachusetts but continually pointed to what he called the failed promises of the obama administration. >> reporter: the first presidential debate started with a handshake and a romantic moment. >> 20 years ago, i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed to marry me. >> congratulations to you, mr. president, on your anniversary. i'm sure this was the most romantic place yo
romney head to key battleground states today after having their say at their first face-to-face debate. an exclusive cbs 5 surveyusa poll of adults in california shows that 48% believe romney won compared with 34% for president obama. 18% felt there was no clear winner. last night's forum in colorado focused mainly on the economy and other domestic issues. that debate took place at the university of denver, colorado being a big swing state in this election, as well. the focus of the debate was the economy. but big bird somehow got into the dialogue there. and, of course, as we mentioned, there were some polls that showed that romney came out ahead of the president on that first debate. bigad shaban joins us live from denver with some highlights from last night. [ pause ] >> reporter: good morning. it seems mitt romney may have got the boost he was hoping for after putting the president on the defensive all night. romney you wanted to his own successes as massachusetts governor but highlighted what he called the failed promises of the obama administration. >>> reporter: the first presid
in swing states. mr. obama with 51% support compared to 44% for mitt romney. the president is in one of those states as he prepares for the first debate. the two men will face off in denver on wednesday. president obama held a rally speaking to 11,000 people at a high school. john kerry is playing the role. >>> supporters say both men are ready. >> i think both are excellent in their own way. you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience.. >> the president has a day job and has not had time to prachlt all we hear about mitt romney is practicing, practicing, practicing. >> the debate will focus on domestic policy. also speaking about foreign matters. the president has shown weakness in the middle east. >>> melissa will give her insider perspective on what it's like to be a moderator in just a few minutes. she's had a lot of experience. >> she's right over there ready to chitchat in a couple minutes. >>> do you buy lottery tickets? >> no. not very much. >> there's two tickets out there worth $14 million a piece and bought in northern california. we'll tell you about th
. running mate paul ryan made the case for a mitt romney presidency today in the toss-up state of new hampshire. >> we have got to stop spending money we don't have. >> reporter: vice president joe biden campaigned in battled ground florida, where he argued that the obama administration inherited trillion-dollar deficits from the bush administration. >> they put two wars on a credit card, not paying a penny, not paying a penny. >> reid: meanwhile be president obama and mitt romney were hunkered down today cramming for next week's debate showdown. both sides are working hard to lower expect aches by praising their opponents. a romney adviser says the president has the advantage as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. the obama campaign says romney has the agent having debated about two dozen times during the republican primary campaign. >> both of these individuals are had ample experience debating but governor romney has had more practice recently and practice helps. >> kathleen hall jamieson kathls the nonpartisan annenberg center. >> the challenger has
. the romney camp moves along to the swing state of virginia. you have got 13 electoral votes up there. bill: we find john roberts in fishersville, virginia. >> we have a concert here in the heart of the shenandoah valley. country music star trace atkins will be joining the governor. chris christie promised a restart of the campaign. it's unanimous the government won that debate. the snap polls after the debate showed that. the governor promised he would aggressively counterattack against any mischaracterizations the president threw his way. an did that all night on the offense. he did offer some level of detail. >> i will eliminate all programs by this test if they don't pass it. is the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it? if not i will get rid of it. obama-care is on my list, i apologies, i use that term with all due respect. >> the big question for the romney campaign, is it going to start to move the needle in his direction. bill: we heard from the romney team, what are they saying about the obama team? >> reporter: there are an awful lot of democrats
. an exclusive poll of adults here in the golden state show 48% think governor romney won compared to 34% for president obama. 18% felt there was no clear-cut winner. >>> we would like to get a discussion going this morning. who do you think won round one of the presidential debates and why? comment on facebook, twitter or email us at mornings@cbs5.com. >>> we know the candidates in debates sometimes put spins on the facts to benefit their arguments. here are a couple of fact checks on last night's debate courtesy of the associated press. president obama suggested the u.s. will save money by winding down the wars in iraq and afghanistan. the truth, the wars have been funded with borrowed money. so ending them only means less borrowing, not a new pool of available cash. then there was romney's claim that the president's healthcare plan creates an unelected board to tell people what kind of treatments they can v the truth is the board looks at overall medicare costs by law doesn't have the power to tell doctors what treatments they can prescribe. starting today, president obama and mitt ro
president obama in the lead. mr. obama with 51% support compared to 44% for mitt romney. the president is now in one of those states nevada as he prepared for the first debate. susan has more on the debate preps. >> reporter: more than 11,000 people packed a high school in las vegas sunday night to listen to president obama. >> we'll win this election again. >> reporter: it was the last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. >> governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston on sunday. he's been practicing since june. paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break this campaign. >> but apparently not everyone got the memo. >> for thursday morning you are all going to be scratching your heads and saying wow we have a barn burner. >> wednesday's debate will center on domestic issues including the economy. romney is focused on foreign policy and slamming the president over his handling of the events in the middle east. romney said the presid
. >> reporter: colorado is among the battleground states that have a large hispanic population, and romney now tells the denver post he will honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants granted by president obama in an executive order in june. it's the first time he's expressed support for the act. here's what he said in los angeles recently. >> president obama created what he calls a stopgap measure. those are his words. for children who are brought here illegally through no fault of their own. instead of playing politics with these children, i will pursue permanent immigration reform. >> reporter: the president's executive order is a shortened version of the dream act. legislation that would grant citizenship to these same immigrants under certain conditions. mitt romney has opposed the bill in the past. >> pledging, "if i were elected and the congress were to pass the dream act, would i veto it? the answer is yes." >> reporter: most polls show president obama with a very comfortable lead among hispanic-american voters, and a new survey shows why that's important. this year, nea
. >> reporter: more than 5,000 people packed the air and space museum in denver to hear mitt romney on monday. >> this is a great place to be. >> reporter: colorado is among the battleground states that have a large hispanic population and romney now tells the "denver post" he will honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants granted by president obama in an executive order in june. it's the first time he has expressed support for the act. here's what he said in los angeles recently. >> instead of playing politics with these children, i will pursue permanent immigration reform. >> reporter: the president's executive order is a shortened version of the "dream act," legislation to grant citizenship to these same immigrants under certain conditions. >> "if i were elected and the congress were to pass the "dream act," would i veto it? the answer is question." >> reporter: most polls show president obama with a very comfortable lead among hispanic american voters and a new survey from the pugh hispanic center shows why that's important. this year, nearly 24 million hispanic americans
mitt romney by two points, 49% to 47%. but in two of the biggest swing states, the states that will decide the election, the president has a bigger lead. in florida, a quinnipiac university/cbs news/"new york times" poll has the president ahead by nine points, 53% to 44%. in ohio he leads governor romney by ten points, 53% to 43%. john dickerson is our cbs news political director. john, some republicans are complaining these polls aren't painting an accurate picture. do they have a case? >> reporter: well, they have a case when they remind us that polls are a snapshot in time and that things can change. really what we should look at in polls is the trends and how things are moving over time, the currents. and right now those favor barack obama. the polls are really more like a painting than they are a digital photograph. one of the other complaints is that pollsters are talking to too many democrats. in 2004 democrats said pollsters were talking to too many republicans. it's a standard complaint for the party that the currents are moving against. >> pelley: john, why is th
at this las vegas high school. the rest of the time he'll spend cramming for the debate and governor romney will be doing the exact same thing in denver. the president chose to do his debate preparation in a battleground state, nevada. and this is where he will be holed up at the westin lake resort in henderson outside las vegas. and this morning on abc obama campaign strategist david plouffe tried to lower expectations. >> now challengers tend to do really well in debates. that's been the history. we believed all along that governor romney probably has more benefit out of this debate than we do. >> reporter: chris christie told "face the nation"'s bob schieffer he expects romney to turn in a game-changing performance at wednesday's debate. >> thursday morning you are all going to be scratching your heads and saying, "wow, we have a barn burner now for the next 33 days." >> reporter: today on fox news, his running mate paul ryan admitted the campaign has had some challenges. >> first of all, 47%, mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we are worried in a st
with it. >> reporter: this morning, president obama launched a new ad in seven swing states questioning romney's truthfulness and seemed to be reinvigorated at a colorado rally this morning responding to something romney said the night before. >> i'm sorry, i'm going to stop this subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop subsidies to other things. i like pbs. i like big bird. i like you, too, actually. >> when he was asked what he would do to cut the deficit and reduce spending, he said he would eliminate funding for public television. [ laughter ] >> boo! >> that was his answer. >> i mean, thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird! [ laughter ] >> reporter: big bird smack-dab in the middle of politics. so the candidates have a little under two weeks to prepare for their next face-off. they are going to be meeting in a town hall style debate in new york on october 16th. cnn's candy crowley will moderate that. and then on october 22nd, they will be talking about foreign policy in florida. that final forum will be moderated by bob schieffer who was of course from cbs. the vice-
'll spend cramming for the debate and governor romney will be doing the exact same thing in denver. the president chose to do his debate preparation in a battleground state, nevada. and this is where he will be holed up at the westin lake resort in henderson outside las vegas. and this morning on abc obama campaign strategist david plouffe tried to lower expectations. >> now challengers tend to do really well in debates. that's been the history. we believed all along that governor romney probably has more benefit out of this debate than we do. >> reporter: chris christie told "face the nation"'s bob schieffer he expects romney to turn in a game-changing performance at wednesday's debate. >> thursday morning you are all going to be scratching your heads and saying wow, we have a barn burner now for the next 33 days. >> reporter: node on fox news, his running mate paul ryan admitted the campaign has had some challenges. >> first of all, 47%, mitt acknowledges himself that was an inarticulate way of describing how we are worried in that stag nato bama economy more people are dependent
battleground states compared to $515 million for the entire 2008 election. >> romney paid 14% in taxes last year on 13 million in income. >> obama wages war on coal. >> they blow everything out of proportion. >> reporter: in colorado alone, $47 million in five months have been spent by the romney and obama campaigns. and the groups that support them. come november people here can tell the rest of the nation how they feel about enduring all those tv ads. >> let me get your e-mail address. >> reporter: amendment 65 is on the ballot. if passed the state's congressional delegation would be required to propose an amendment to the u.s. constitution limiting campaign contributions and spending. this is the executive director of colorado common cause. >> the result is a democracy that distorts the voice of ordinary people in favor of those who can write multimillion dollar expects. >> reporter: billionaires would argue they have the same rights as to freedom speech as anybody else. >> freedom of speech problem texts to say what we want but it doesn't give them the right to shout louder than the res
enough to stand up to the president of the united states. >>> this is the roh mitt romney. chris evans could come out swinging it would be your advice what is your advice for the president? >>> don't let them leg glove and you keep moving around dance. greta wind that reinforced the image of obama the toxins of things everyone >>> if your dancing and planning as to dance a few left and right chavis keeping them from ever touching new the new not in trouble. >>> where is the vulnerability is >>> this debate about the economy mitt romney has to expand his health care has to say this weekend at the said that he was the guy that if health care to kids he's been gone both ways on mitt romney care which is the birth of obama care. >>> you're correct to talk about this being the economy. if mitt romney is on his job he will start with mr. president your representative the misrepresented to the people and will stand with that talent all the way and that will get obama her office tauruses and you have to come in and if he comes and it will be a slugfest. >>> what is it likely not going to
. we know how that turned out. >>> meanwhile, mitt romney offered a new take on his infamous 47% comment. he initially said those remarks were not elegantly stated. well, tonight he now called them, quote, just completely wrong. mr. romney was asked what he would have said if the president had brought up the 47% during last night's debate. >>> flooding, wind, landslides, those are just a few of the words that come to mind when we hear the phrase el nino, as we head into what likely will be another el nino winter, our meteorologist paul deanno dig some digging and found that not all el ninos are created equal. >> they are not. all signs are pointing towards the first el nino we have had since 2009, many of those winters packed with way too much rainfall, but sometimes, sometimes they are the exact opposite. the strongest el nino on record brought some of the worst weather the bay area has ever seen. the el nino winter of 1997-98 packed a powerful punch. relentless rainfall, more than a foot of rain in february, combined with gusty winds, unstable soil and rough surf. we also neve
mitt romney has been in the state since monday. >>> reporter: the stage is built. the cameras are in place and the candidates are in their final hours of preparation. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm get there is. >> reporter: mitt romney took a break from his rehearsal to grab a burrito. president obama went sightseeing at hoover dam. tonight they will face a lot of questions about the economy. >> i'm not interested in creating democratic or republican jobs. i'm interested in creating american jobs. >> reporter: tonight's debate will feature six 15-minute segments, the first three devoted entirely to the economy. >> there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of opportunity. >> reporter: john quinn is one of those people who will be paying close attention to those first 45 minutes of the debate. he is about to lose his apartment after being unemployed for four months. >> i'm a college graduate. i had a steady career in telecom for over 12 years. i continuelook for work seven days a week actually. it is the hardest unpaid job i have ever had. >> reporter: he wants to
>>> campaign 2012 president obama and mitt romney prepping for their first debate next week the running mates were campaigning in battleground states joe biden in florida telling voters the republicans want to change medicare meanwhile paul ryan hammered the obama administration on the economy >>> they don't want to tell you the not for medicare there for a thing i call a voucher care >>> as a result of the most predictable economic crisis and not fixing it our credit rating was downgraded for first time in our history >>> the candidates are honing debate techniques run it will get help from ohio senator rob portman who will play obama and for the president's preparations senator john kerry will stand in for romney. cub manager brown vetoes a bill to ban agencies from disrupting cellphones service without court order, it targeted bart, which sparked a free-speech debate when it cut cellphones service in san francisco to disrupt the planned protest, the governor said it could divert attention from a true emergency by requiring court agencies to get eight court order prior to a shutdown >>> pub
oppose the endorsement of mitt romney and paul ryan for president and vice-president of the united states. i have the great honor of introducing a great american patriot, a good friend, in the next vice president of the united states of america, paul ryan. ♪ >> hello, everybody. man. wow. look at you. look at this. awesome. man. thank you, fishersville, thank you virginia for making mitt romney the next president of the united states of america. wow. chris cox and i have been friends a long time. i have been subscribing to "american rifleman," amd " american hunter" since i was about 12. i have my own here. it has a blaze orange and camouflage cover because after we elect mitt romney presence, i can take my daughter deer hunting. hall i want to thank you virginia. i want to think the lieutenant governor. i want to thank my friend. thank you for coming. thank you for making virginia a better place. france, i love you, too. every now and then, we see a glimpse into the future. last night, we saw a clear picture. we saw a clear choice. last night, america got to see the man i know, a leade
, quote, buried. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: but the day's events quickly were overshadowed by a 2007 speech of then presidential candidate and senator obama veering off his prepared script before a predominantly black audience he seemed to imply the federal government was withholding recovery money to new orleans after hurricane katrina based on race. after september 11th and hurricane andrew in 1992 in florida, the government response was -- >> we're not going to wait for you to scratch it together because you're part of the american family. >> reporter: but after katrina, he said it was different. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where is your dollar? tells me that somehow the people down in new orleans, they don't care about as much. >> reporter: now in this speech we saw last night, the president said he didn't think the initial response to hurricane katrina was motivated by race. he said that incompetence was color blind. this speech was covered in 2007. it was aired last night on
by the press at the time. if the romney campaign believes americans will accept these desperate attacks it's they who are in for a surprise. mitt romney's campaign denies any involvement with that video. >>> a republican judge in pennsylvania has truck down the state's tough new voter i.d. law a move that can help democrats. it means votes will not have to show a photo i.d. to cast ballots on november 6th. opponents said it would disenfranchise voters. particularly young adults, minorities and the poor. governor corbett supported that law. >> this is what the court has ruled. i'm sure that the supreme court will get an opportunity to review it. >> the court has finally ruled in favor of the voters to allow people to vote the way they've always voted without these totally cumbersome rules. >> there's 20 electoral votes at stake in pennsylvania. one of the largest states in the electoral college. >>> the house of representatives has scheduled an october 10th hearing on the security situation leading up to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi libya. they say they have information that
fall on the its lowest level since i took office. >> pelley: it finally drops below 8%. mitt romney says "not good enough." >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month. >> pelley: reports from anthony mason, nancy cordes and jan crawford. sharyl attkisson looks into reports that the state department denied repeated requests for more security before the deadly attack on u.s. diplomats in libya. meningitis spreads to a seventh state. dr. jon lapook looks at what went wrong. and steve hartman "on the road" in search of a pumped-up pumpkin. >> we have a monster pumpkin coming. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the dreadful string is broken. for the first time in 44 months the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the latest jobs numbers from the labor department were surprisingly strong. they show the unemployment rate was 7.8% in september. that is down three tenths of a point from august. the economy created 114,000 jobs and the labor department revised upward the job creation numbers for the pre
obama and republican candidate mitt romney take a break to get ready for their first presidential debate next week dru levenson shows us both candidates sent running mates to battleground states. >>> vice-president joe biden plate to florida's older voters. first at a diner than a rally he said president obama wants to make sure medicare is around. >>> the action the president took strengthen medicare trust fund and exceeded its live up to 2024 >>> biden argued the republicans want to drastically change the program >>> that on want to tell you they're not for medicare there for a thing called a voucher care >>> and the vice presidential nominee hammered the obama administration for out of control borrowing and spending. >>> as a result the most of not fixing it our credit rating downgraded for first time in history >>> line said new hampshire's will help shape the election >>> get those people that promise to open change are demoralized now >>> the candidates prep for the first debate in practice sessions run it will get help from ohio senator who will play the role of the president pres
of denver. both candidates are behind closed doors today getting ready. mitt romney is preparing in colorado and the latest polls show he is trailing the president in most swing states. >> we can do this. >> reporter: his running mate paul ryan is on a bus tour working to sway voters in iowa. >> our goal is to earn your support. we want to deserve this victory. >> reporter: vice president joe biden is in the battleground state of north carolina today while president obama studies for the debate in nevada. he is holding practice sessions with former presidential candidate john kerry, playing the part of mitt romney. on monday, the president called campaign volunteers and told one of them what debate preparation is like. >> basically, they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. [ laughter ] >> they're making me do my homework. >> reporter: the stakes are high for the debate but both the white house and the romney campaign are trying to lower expectations. neither side wants their candidate to take the stage with a perceived advantage. the polls show most americans believe obama will
said it well yesterday -- he is not a flake of mind, he is a distinguished member of the united states senate. when he made it -- when he called that reprehensible and challenged you to withdraw it, mr. romney, let's put that aside and talk about health care. let talk about education, less talk about training, let's talk about new jobs, let's talk about infrastructure, let's talk about are different visions for massachusetts. that's what the people of massachusetts want to talk about. >> i want to know why you spent millions of dollars showing advertisements of strikers and the company had nothing to do with, talking about staples, one of the finest companies in the state of massachusetts that employs 1200 people with an average wage of his $35,000 -- or why you spent millions of dollars doing that is beyond me, if you are so into talking about the issues because that is all i have talked about until one week ago what we revealed from an article in what the boston papers something about your blind trust that appeared not to be quite so blind. [applause] >> mr. romney, i will provide th
mitt romney as the next president of the united states. >> reporter: the day's events were overshadowed by a video of senator obama reading off a prepared script. before a predominantly black audience he inplayed the federal government held back money after hurricane katrina based on race. he noticed hurricane andrew in florida the government's response was -- >> we won't wait for to you scratch it together. because you're part of the american family. >> reporter: after katrina he said it was different. >> what's happening down in new orleans? where's your dollar? tells me somehow the people down in new orleans they don't care about as much. >> reporter: in this speech that we saw last night the president said he didn't think the initial response to hurricane katrina was motivated by race. he said that incompetence was colorblind. this speech was covered in 2007. it was aired last night on the conservative media, fox's sean hannity. that prompted that some speculate that the right is concerned about this campaign. >> also on the debate site is kevin madden a senior adviser to the romney
,,,,, >>> pam cane 20 -- campaign 2012. on wednesday president obama and mitt romney will face-off. both camps are trying to down play expectations. >> reporter: president obama is in nevada working to secure votes in the battleground state. >> hello las vegas. >> reporter: one of nine must win states and polls show a tight race. >> if you stand with me and work with me we will win again. we will win nevada again. we will win this election again. >>> the president is spending the next couple days cramming for the first of three debates. >> i know folks in the media are speculating on who will have the best zingers. mitt romney is a good debater. i am just okay. >> reporter: mitt romney began practicing in june and continued prepping tuesday. chris christie said mitt romney's performance will turn the race upside down. >> you will say we have a barn burner now. >> reporter: mitt romney's run -- paul ryan dialed back expectations. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break the campaign. >> reporter: paul ryan says mitt romney will lay out the choice voters have, especially when it com
battleground state. telling them that medicare will be around for future generations. >>> the actions of the president took to strengthen the medicare trust and exceeded this life of a 2024. >>> president obama and mitt romney are prepping for the first debate. to get help from the ohio senator will play the role of the present. and president obama will look to the massachusetts senator to stand in for mitt romney. and behind in recent polls, some campaign watchers say that mitt romney has more riding on the debates and to gain for the president >>> the president has a chance to show is competent to stand up against the president of the nine states. and to accomplish that and wins the first debate >>> wednesday's debates give both canada's a chance to explain it plans for health care in the economy. >>> the women are obviously kinda unusual if this election. if they're more interested in men and issues affecting their pocketbook. >>> to your daughter welcome to america. your share of the debt is over $50,000. >>> a recent poll shows that 51 percent of men favor mitt romney and 54 perc
states. people look presidential. i don't think president obama will call mitt romney a liar in the next debate. that's not presidential. i think he'll be much more aggressive. i don't think romney is a liar, he just manages to convince himself that any position is fine at the time. ted kennedy had it best. ted kennedy said i'm the pro choice candidate. my candidate is the multiple choice candidates. mitt romney says whatever he has to say and there's no core belief there. that's a problem for him in the general election because i think people are into that. they get that politicians say anything and obama doesn't do that. obama pretty much tells like it is. did he do a good job in the debate? >> no. >> governor i want to ask you about vice president biden yesterday on the stump, some comments that people are calling a gaffe by biden where he said obama and biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars. guess what, yes we do. is that the right kind of message? >> wait a minute. excuse me but the rest of that you haven't in full context. yes we'll raise taxes on the wealthy. they have b
in the west. mitt romney last night owned it. if you have any doubt, look at this morning's denver post of the swing state here, colorado, saying he may have changed the dynamics of this race. >> under the president's policies, middle income americans have been buried. they're just being crushed. >> it was an energized mitt romney taking direct aim at the president's economic policies and offering a sharply different approach. >> we know that the path we're taking is not working. it's time for a new path. >> romney came into the night with polls showing most voters thought the president would win. he clearly exceeded expectations. cbs news poll of uncommitted voters shows by a 2-1 margin, romney had won. 56% said their opinion of romney changed for the better. yet 13% said that of the president. he was especially effective in criticizing the president's policies and defending his own proposals. >> he has been running on this tax plan for 18 months. now, five weeks before the election, he is saying that his big, bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: romney pushed back. >> let me repeat w
: then it was on to leadership. romney implied there has been a lack of it in washington with the president at the helm. >> i like the way we did it in massachusetts. i like the fact that in my state we had republicans and democrats come together and work together. what you did instead was to push through a plan without a single republican vote entirely on a partisan basis instead of bringing america together. you pushed through something that you and nancy pelosi and harry reid put together. >> governor romney is going to have a busy first day, because he's also going to repeal obamacare, which will not be very popular with democrats. >> reporter: joining me now is our political analyst. does it come down to preparation and what about the body language that said something to the audience tonight? >> well, preparation does matter. and let's remember that mitt romney has had 18 months to practice this. he's had lots of debates, been on it much longer than frankly the president, who has been unopposed. in some ways, with respect to preparation, what you saw with the president was someone who had not played the
mitt romney has never been in a presidential debate before, he has been in 19 multicandidate debates during the republican primary. he has been here in the state since monday. the president is expected to arrive in colorado later this afternoon. the stage is built. the cameras are in place. and the candidates are in their final hours of preparation. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: mitt romney grabbed a burrito. on his break president obama did sightseeing to hoover dam. when they arrive at the university of denver tonight they will face a lot of questions about the economy. >> i'm not interested in creating democratic jobs or republican jobs. i'm interested in creating american jobs. >> reporter: tonight's debate will feature six 15-minute segments. the first three are devoted entirely to the economy. >> there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of opportunity. >> reporter: john quinn is one of those people who will be paying close attention to those first 45 minutes of the debate. he is about to lose his apartment after being unemployed for fo
relationship with the u.s. the u.s. state department has not responded to the speech. >>> 5:39. to politics, tomorrow is the big day the first debate between president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney. candidates will spend the day getting ready for the event in colorado. the president holding no rallies yesterday but he did visit a campaign office in henderson, nevada, delivered pizzas there, by the way, not far from where he and his staff have been strategizing. romney spoke to supporters in denver. >> this president is taking us on a path that's not working. he is making us more and more like europe. i don't want to be like europe. europe doesn't work in europe. >> at the university of denver crews are putting the final touches on the arena making it into a debate set. yesterday 92 university students learned their names were drawn from a lottery for tickets to the big debate tomorrow night. you won't need a ticket. just tune in here and watch the debate on cbs 5 beginning tomorrow night at 6:00. all eyes, an hour and a half, should be good. >>> 5:40. another apple
of the united states. people don't vote for that. they really don't. >> you really think that the president scored better than governor romney in the debate? >> no. i thought it was a tie. he had to look presidential and he did do that. would i have liked him to be more aggressive? yes. do i think that the team didn't prepare him for the aggressive romney that i saw a few weeks ago on the sunday shows? i think they didn't prepare him. the president has to look presidential. i don't think president obama is going to call mitt romney a liar on the next debate. that's not presidential. he will be more aggressive. i don't think mitt romney is necessarily a liar, he just manages to convince himself that any position is fine at the time. ted kennedy said it best when romney debated ted kennedy, i'm the pro choice candidate, my opponent is the multiple choice candidate. mitt romney says whatever he has to say. there's no core belief there. that is going to be a problem for him in the general election. i think people are into that. i think they get that politicians say anything and
in the swing state of ohio the president also used the jobs report to make a political point with the not so subtle message to mitt romney. >> today's news should give us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy. just try to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: the struggling economy is considered the president's soft spot and number one issue for voters. it's a centerpiece of romney's campaign, they hit the president hard throughout on employment including in this week's debate. >> we have 43 three straight months above 8%. i'll help create 12 million new jobs in this country. >> reporter: the new jobs report with unemployment below 8% robbed romney of one of his most reliable campaign lines. he said friday the economy should be better and that the decline in the unemployment rate showed how much people are struggling. >> looks like unemployment is getting better. the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day th
, who can tell you who's slamming obama this week? or who's slamming mitt romney? the day or two before? it's time to tell these people, look, we're going to turn america back to the average citizen. it's time for the ordinary person in the united states of america to be represented first, than a special few. host: tim is joining us from stockholm, maine, a member of the third party. good morning. caller: good morning. i worked for ross perot in the '90s and i think one of our biggest problems was the sec. i was -- fec. i was wondering if he had any problems with the fec. guest: no. i'll have to say, you know, if we call up the fec, they have been responsive, and -- but having run congressional campaigns before, it's important to do the details to comply with the fec. if you're -- if you've not run a federal campaign before, there are pitfalls that is easy to fall into. you've got a good observation on that. but i can't criticize them. for following what they used to follow. host: one of our veers saying how do you feel about grover norquist in the pledge, how would you govern knowing y
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